Naturalist Mark Fraser today brings us along on a kayak trip to explore riverside habitats. You'll see plenty of animals along the way.
(Hooded Merganser; Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
As Mark says, "There is something about a slow moving river with evergreen trees nearby that has always fascinated and enchanted me. Clean fresh water is one of the single most important habitats that we need to protect."
He adds, "River systems become highways for a range of species, from semi aquatic mammals to birds, to reptiles and, of course, fish. If you just coast along drifting quietly with the current, chances are you will see many different species either in, or near, the water's edge."
"It has always amazed me that the chicks of many water fowl species, like hooded mergansers, can instantly bolt underwater and swim away to protect themselves. They grow to become fishermen, catching their prey as they swim along underwater."
"It's an incredible journey paddling this beautiful river and a real treat to have you come along for the wildlife by kayak adventure."